Home > School and Learning > Learning Differences > Special Education > Special Tools for Special Needs: New Technologies Help LD Kids
|

Special Tools for Special Needs: New Technologies Help LD Kids

Assistive technology allows learning disabled children to succeed in areas they may not have been able to before. The AT tools available today are making it easier for kids with learning disabilities to acclimate to and adjust to the demands of social and school-related pressures.

Some organizations, like the Association of Assistive Technology Act Program (ATAP), are striving for state assistance, but in general parents are required to supply most AT devices their children may require in the classroom. (For an overview of AT that should be provided to your LD child, visit http://www.fctd.info/factsheet/atlaws.) Although many AT services are cheap (some include everyday items such as highlighters and sticky notes to help with organization), others can be expensive. To help reduce unnecessary spending, most schools make this a mandatory discussion for parents and teachers during yearly IEP meetings to help determine which tools will be most helpful.

The use of AT can be an effective approach to helping a learning disabled child function better at school and at home. LD students often have the most success when they are able to use their strengths to overcome their weaknesses; the trick is simply finding a system or device that works for their particular needs. AT has the ability to level the playing field for LD children and enhance the functional independence of a child with a learning disability. AT allows disabled children to travel, participate in social and recreational activities, succeeed in school, and lead normal lives, which is why organizations like the Family Center on Technology and Disability are so passionate about working to incorporate them into the classroom and home.



|


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

get ready for school!

We’ve got your
shopping list,
lunch menu,
and more.

GO

highlights

Join BIC on our mission to save handwriting and Fight For Your Write! Writing helps kids become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity. Visit BICFightForYourWrite.com to sign our petition to save handwriting!

7 Tips for Reading Aloud to Babies & Toddlers
The AAP advises reading aloud to babies and toddlers because it boosts brain power and has many other benefits. Get some tips for making the most of story time with your tot!

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

How to Survive Summer Boredom
When the kids are home all day, every day, summer boredom strikes hard and fast. Learn the best summer boredom busters and tips for surviving until September.

12 Birthday Party Favors that Won't Get Thrown Away
The next time you're planning a birthday, forgo the penny candy and cheap toys. Send your guests home with one of these fun and creative party favor ideas!